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From Middle English enticen, from Old French enticier (to stir up or excite), from a Vulgar Latin *intitiāre (I set on fire), from in- +‎ titiō (firebrand (tool)), from Proto-Italic *tītjō (heating), possibly from Proto-Indo-European *teih₁- (to become hot, melt or to end).


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈtaɪs/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪs


entice (third-person singular simple present entices, present participle enticing, simple past and past participle enticed)

  1. (transitive) To lure; to attract by arousing desire or hope.
    • 2012 March, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, archived from the original on 19 February 2013, page 106:
      Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story. And, on top of all that, they are ornaments; they entice and intrigue and sometimes delight.
    I enticed the little bear into the trap with a pot of honey.

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